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Overwatch Pro Quits After Harassment Over Whether "She" Was Really Playing

Discussion in 'Games' started by CatParty, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. https://kotaku.com/overwatch-pro-quits-after-harassment-over-whether-she-w-1831468560

    Toward the end of last month, Second Wind—a team competing in Overwatch League’s official minor league, Contenders—made a new roster addition that few fans had heard of before. Their new player simply went by the handle “Ellie,” with her first name and last name never announced and still unknown. This set off a chain reaction of conspiracy theories about her legitimacy, culminating in Ellie leaving the team yesterday.

    Second Wind, a high-ranked team heading into the Overwatch Contenders season two playoffs, announced that Ellie had joined Second Wind on December 22, at which point the gossip mills on Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube spun to life with a fury. “Who is Ellie?” many fans asked, with some pointing to her relatively low account level and sudden appearance on Overwatch’s ranked ladder as being grounds for suspicion. Some speculated that she was a longtime player who’d switched over to a smurf account in order to maintain privacy, an idea that dovetailed with her apparent decision to not give out her legal name. In contrast, every other player on a Contenders roster has their full name listed alongside their gaming handle on the official OverwatchContenders website.



    Some fans believed the mystery about Ellie’s name called her entire identity into question, including her gender. Ellie is one of very few women in Blizzard’s Overwatch Contenders league, and some fans speculated that she could be any number of notable male players impersonating a woman. In answer to these rumors, Ellie played Overwatch on stream and even brought on one player she was suspected of being, a top-500 player named Punisher, to prove that they were different people.

    This seemed to only fan the flames of speculation. A handful of other Overwatch pros even got involved, with Atlanta Reign player Daniel “Dafran” Francesca speculating during a stream that “someone is playing on this account, and Ellie is talking right beside them.” Ellie, meanwhile, tweeted out screenshots of what appear to be Discord chat logs of a high-ranked (and banned) Overwatch player named Haunt arguing in favor of doxxing her, “just to figure shit out.”

    “sorry” on Twitter. Kotaku reached out to both Second Wind and Ellie for further details, but as of publishing, they have yet to reply. Last night, a message from Second Wind’s Twitter account chalked up her departure as being due to “unforeseen reactions.” Shortly after, Second Wind owner Justin Hughes clarified the situation, saying that Ellie was feeling tremendous pressure from multiple directions.

    “When we brought her onto the team, people acted like we had brought on a symbol of empowerment,” Hughes wrote. “I get that people meant well, but on one side, we had people questioning her legitimacy, issuing threats, etc. while on the other hand, we had people acting like they had found their Messiah. Between needing a player to live up to huge expectations and having to question their own safety, it seems that the OW community isn’t ready to just view a player as just a player. We wanted a player, but it seemed like the public wanted something else.”

    Esports is not a meritocracy; it’s a male-dominated scene in which gender essentialism runs rampant, and in which women are often made to feel unwelcome. Even in a game as ostensibly inclusive as Overwatch, a woman can’t just be “a player”—not without ample infrastructural support from an understanding team—and Ellie’s situation exemplifies why. This situation has led some fans to question what Second Wind did to help Ellie before she left and why the team didn’t publicly decry the harassment she was enduring before her departure. On Twitter, Hughes replied that “we do what we can for our players, but when it comes down to it, there are only so many things we can do when safety of a player comes into question.”

    Ellie’s departure from the team has garnered a wide range of responses from the Overwatch esports community. One Overwatch League player, Luís “Greyy” Perestrelo of Paris Eternal, reacted by tweeting “xd” a playful emoticon that implied he was making light of the situation, but he later apologized. Other responses were more celebratory and continued to perpetuate conspiracy theories about Ellie’s identity.

    Some players have offered messages of sympathy and anger on Ellie’s behalf. Pros like Gladiator Legions player Daniel “Gods” Graeser and Guangzhou Charge player Charlie “Nero” Zwarg reacted with sadness. Washington Justice assistant general manager Kate Mitchell had particularly strong words.

    “It’s absolutely unacceptable for members of this community to bully, harass or doxx players for their gender,” she said on Twitter. “It shows why there’s so few women in this sport. We have to do better, not just for the women and girls playing this game now, but for those growing up watching us.”
     
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  2. I know it’s fucking Kotaku, but if you find yourself as a purported “journalist” writing articles that mull over gaming communities in terms of meritocracies and the like over a disgraced gamer girl, you’d objectively be better off necking yourself.

    Also, calling the tranny card, provided it’s not just a male impersonator or a plant.
     
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  3. Semi-competitive Overwatch is a toxic cesspool of salt and rage, at least from what I played. I don't think she's missing out on much tbh.
     
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  4. Kotaku right now:

    >Creates an entire community around something that appeals to socially awkward virgin boys.

    >Socially awkward virgin boys act socially awkward around girls.

    >[​IMG]
     
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  5. Is she one of them bullyhunters there to set the record straight on girl gaming in e$ports and show those toxic males a lesson?
     
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  6. Yeah, gamers being awkward or offensive around gurls are part and parcel of the experience, I don't think we'll see an egalitarian wonderland these game journos dream of for at least another ten years. I feel that pro gaming is still seen as a dudebro sport in the eyes of a lot of girls and women even with industry efforts to buck the demographics (#EveryonesBattlefield being the most recent example).
     
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  7. Competitive E-sports is a cesspool of incels, autism and attention whores, second only to the Speedrunning community.
     
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  8. How the fuck is there even a competitive scene for this game when you get banned in 5 minutes of playing for being "toxic"?
     
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  9. pretty accurate assessment overall. biggest difference is that large esports titles like dota and csgo actually pay out big money, so the top players get filthy rich. but that's only the 0.001% , everybody else goes empty-handed or has to fight over scraps.

    it's propped up by blizzard pouring massive amounts of money into it. if overwatch was on its own, it would not have a competitive scene at all.
     
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  10. I mean, if I was a chick in a notoriously spergy game community I really wouldn't want my legal name associated with my gamertag. I barely play overwatch and still don't have my real name associated to my battlenet account.
     
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  11. Competitive gaming is autistic crap, why does it even exist? Ellie should be glad to leave the scene.
     
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  12. I don't play Overwatch. That's my solution.
     
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  13. competitive video gaming isn't really a big surprise in a world where competitive poker, snooker, and darts exist.
    also this:
     
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  14. Legitimately thought this was a darts match originally til I realised what it was. Fuck.
     
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  15. Had to go fishing through Reddit comments to get a better picture of the situation. As always, thanks for nothing, Kotaku.

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  16. Yeah, now that I think about it girls shouldn't really aspire to become pro gamers. Not to bring soggy knees into this but its a very intensive environment which requires a ton of work outside the game as well, not to mention the 'tism and accompanying barriers that might accrue. There might be a reason why a lot of the pro gaming scene is on the spectrum to begin with.

    Now that I think about it, are there even any high profile female speedrunners to begin with? I mean actual female btw, not Narcissa "female".
     
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  17. If true, this makes WAY more sense than "muh toxicity". But there won't be any exposure to it because it doesn't fit the GamerGate narrative for Game Journalist content.
     
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  18. you could just rename this to 'sad autist stops playing game' and it'd have the same impact on me
     
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  19. Overwatch is an overrated game. I was sick of seeing it everywhere after a year, and the fact that it’s still around with such a shit community/playerbase is just annoying. The chick should have dropped it long ago after realizing how shitty and toxic the player base is. This is what happens when you don’t jump off before it’s too late.
     
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